Elkton celebrates 20th annual Fall Fest
— Local artwork, a singing competition and a classic car show were just some of the highlights of the town’s annual Fall Fest this weekend.
More than 5,000 people turned out for the two-day event, which is now in its 20th year, said Mary Jo Jablonski, executive director of the Elkton Chamber & Alliance.
“It’s been awesome,” she said. “We’ve had a great crowd. I’m really, really hap-
py with the turnout.”
The fest began on Friday with a classic car show and a performance by Real Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band. Then, on Saturday, the fest crowned its winners of the Voice of Elkton singing competition.
Elkton resident Kaylyn Brockell, 11, took home first prize, which consisted of a trophy and a $200 check, beating out 14 other competitors. Second place went to Jayce Bradley, 17, and third place went to Julie Booth,15, who both won trophies for placing.
Brockell sang “Hollow” by Tori Kelly in the first round and then sang Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” with a special guest, her brother, Austin, 8, as Justin Bieber. This isn’t her first time competing in the competition though. She competed last year, but didn’t place, Brockell said.
“I am so proud of myself,” she said. “Last year, I was not confident at all.”
Brockell said she is proud of herself because it was
“such an improvement” since last year. Brockell said she felt more confident this year and was not nervous to perform.
“I was just so happy,” she said. “And I was even happier when my dad said ‘yes.’ He’s my biggest fan.”
Brockell’s dad, Jeff, was ecstatic when his daughter won the competition.
“She worked hard. She worked very, very hard,” Jeff said, noting she has no musical background or vocal training.
Brockell said she is looking forward to next year’s competition because she enjoys performing. She will split her $200 prize with Austin with both taking their money to go shopping.
Elkton resident Chrissy P., Brockell’s aunt, said this was her first time attending the fest after hearing about it through Kaylyn’s mom.
“This was the first time I ever came and I thought there was a lot of great talent,” Chrissy said. “I’m excited for her. She did it last year and she didn’t place, so this is exciting for her.”
Elkton resident Carol Pulaski meanwhile said she’s attended every Fall Fest.
This year, she said she enjoyed the Neil Diamond tribute band and especially liked their rendition of “Caroline.”
“I like the way he sings like Neil Diamond,” Pulaski said. “I like all of his personality and tribute to (Diamond).”
Though the Neil Diamond tribute band has played the fest before, there were also several new additions to this year’s event.
People could walk down Main Street and see art, as well as buy pieces in the Artist’s Alley. Another new addition was the Fall Fun Faire, which was hosted by Project Purpose, an organization which serves the county and surrounding areas to help young men and women embrace their potential and power to fulfill their purpose.
Fair Hill resident Victoria Frank, 11, enjoyed the hula hoops and the moon bounce at the Fun Faire.
“You get to do a lot of fun tricks with them,” she said, such as swinging the hoop around her wrist and waist.
The fest ended with a performance by Robert Eric’s Tribute to the Piano Man, who played from 6 to 8 p.m.
The top competitors in the Voice of Elkton were Kaylyn Brockell, 11, Jayce Bradley, 17, who came in second, and Julie Booth, 15, who came in third. Brockell’s brother Austin, 8, is wearing a Justin Bieber mask, which he wore during Brockell’s performance of “Love Yourself.”
Fair Hill residents Jayson Frank, 6, and Victoria Frank, 11, enjoy the hula hoops during the Fall Fun Faire, hosted by Project Purpose.
Elkton resident Jeremiah Marshall, 6, looks at baked goods at one of the vendor tables on Saturday .